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Berkshires

Notchview

Windsor

3,108 acres

Renowned for its Nordic skiing and snowshoeing, Notchview also entices year-round adventurers for hiking and bird watching.

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Plan Your Visit
  • Overview
  • Ideas for Your Visit
  • Admission & Fees
  • Directions
  • What You'll Find
  • Facilities
  • Venue Rental
  • Property Map
  • Regulations & Advisories

Overview

With more than 3,000 acres of rolling terrain and miles of groomed ski trails, Notchview, a part of the Hoosac Range in the Berkshire Hills, offers an idyllic escape all year round—but especially in winter. Much of Notchview sits above 2,000 feet; Judge’s Hill, the highest point, is 2,297 feet. Most of the reservation is covered with a red spruce and northern hardwood forest.

Open year-round, daily, sunrise to sunset. Given size of reservation, allow a minimum of 3 hours. Cross-country skiing and snowshoeing available early December to early April, daily, 8AM to 4:30PM.

Ideas for Your Visit

Seventeen kilometers of trails are groomed and track-set for classical cross-country skiing; eight kilometers are groomed for skate skiing. A separate trail system is groomed for “skijoring,” or skiing with dogs.

You can also go off track and explore the backcountry, or snowshoe along the ski trails. During ski season, the Budd Visitor Center—named for Lieutenant Colonel Arthur D. Budd, who established Notch View Farm—provides food and beverages, equipment rentals, and a warm respite from the winter chill.

Admission & Fees

Off Season: Members: FREE. Nonmembers: Adult $2, Child (12 and under) FREE

Directions

Route 9
Windsor, MA 01270
Telephone: 413.684.0148
Ski Conditions: www.xcskimass.com
E-mail notchview@thetrustees.org

Get directions on Google Maps.

Notchview is located is on the north side of Rt. 9 in Windsor. From the West: Follow Rt. 9 1 mi. past the Rt. 8A intersection. From the East: Follow Rt. 9 3.5 mi. beyond the Windsor–Cummington town line.

 

What You'll Find

Notchview is a large reservation – to ensure a safe and enjoyable visit, please:

  • Know where you are going and avoid hiking alone. Take the time to study the map and determine a route. Much of Notchview is gently rolling, so landmarks can be deceiving. Sign in at the Visitor Center so we know who you are. If you get lost, there are houses at the ends of Shaw and Bates Roads; stay on the trail if possible, or follow a stream downhill to a road. After dark, seek shelter and stay put; people will come looking for you.
  • Take care of your feet. A well-fitting pair of hiking or ski boots will keep your feet (and you) happier throughout the day. Even in the driest summer months, Notchview’s trails can be wet, so hiking with sneakers is not advised.
  • Be aware of the weather. Skiers know that Notchview gets more snow than the valley towns (an average 45″ more snow each year than neighboring Dalton). The average temperature is 10 degrees colder than the valleys, and temperatures tend to drop quickly after sunset. Frosts can be expected in June and August. So, dress appropriately by bring layers of clothing in the winter months and, at minimum, a windbreaker or sweater in the summer.
  • Carry a day pack. A soft day pack is a convenient way to carry a lunch, water, and extra clothing while keeping your hands free.
  • Drink water. Avoid the risk of dehydration. In all seasons, a well hydrated body functions more comfortably. Do not drink from the streams; potable water is available in the Visitor Center.

 

Facilities

Restrooms

Visitors center

 

Venue Rental

Notchview is a spectacular setting for your wedding. We can accommodate outdoor wedding ceremonies and receptions for groups of up to 400 people. Please call 413.532.1631 x13 or e-mail pvregion@thetrustees.org for more information.

Property Map

Printed trail maps are distributed free from the visitor center and bulletin board outside the visitor center. One map is for hiking (spring, summer, fall) and the other is for cross-country skiing, ski skating, and snow shoeing (winter). Please understand that supplies periodically run out. We recommend that you download a trail map before you visit.

Regulations & Advisories

  • Notchview is owned by The Trustees of Reservations and is open from dawn till dusk. Budd Visitor Center is staffed on weekends and most afternoons. Our volunteer ski patrol is certified by the National Ski Patrol. On ski race days, trails not being used by racers are open to the public. Races generally end around noon.
  • Dogs must be kept on a leash at all times.
  • Mountain biking is allowed only on town gravel roads within the Reservation.
  • Seasonal Hunting is permitted north of Bates Rd and south of Route 9.
  • Notchview is large and has a complex system of trails; please carry a trail map and sign in at the Visitor Center.

Rules for Skiing at Notchview Reservation

  • Classical Skiers: All trails, whether groomed with tracks or smoothed for skating, are open to classical skiers.
  • Skate Skiers: Please use the trails designated and marked as skating trails. Skating over prepared tracks ruins the skiing for others.
  • Snowshoers: Please keep to the side of the ski trails. Walking on the groomed ski tracks ruins the skiing.
  • Dog Owners: Skiing with dogs is allowed only in the area south of Route 9.
  • Everyone: Return to the Visitor Center before dusk.

Winter tips

  • Care for your feet. Avoid blisters and cold feet – wear well-fitting, waterproof boots. Avoid too many layers of socks, which can impede circulation.
  • Watch the weather. Temperatures drop quickly after sunset. Be aware of the wind chill factor.
  • Dress for winter. Wear layers that can be added or removed –a base layer to wick moisture from your body; a warm middle layer; and an outer layer that is wind and water resistant.
  • Carry a daypack. Include a space blanket, first aid kit, matches, pocketknife, whistle, map, extra clothing, and water.
  • Stay hydrated. Do not drink from the streams; potable water is available at the Budd Visitor Center.
  • Know where you’re going. Study the map and determine a route. Landmarks can be deceiving. Sign in at the Visitor Center. If you get lost, stay on the trail, if possible, or follow a stream downhill to a road. Route 9 is very noisy, so listen for trucks, and there are houses at the ends of Shaw and Bates Roads. After dark, seek shelter and stay put.
  • Avoid skiing alone.

 

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History of Notchview

Winding stone walls and lonely cellar holes tell tales of the hope and disappointment that European settlers dealt with as they cleared this rugged upland to farm during the early 19th century. Rocky soils and a short growing season ultimately discouraged efforts to cultivate these lands, and by 1900, the farms within Notchview were consolidated into larger estates.

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Winter Wonderland! Snow conditions here are good even when you may not have any snow out your window! which is the case this year (2020), grass at my house but 15" of snow here. Trails for all abilities and the grooming is top notch.

John D, Trip Advisor

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